Donald Trump supporters had a rally opposing Michigan Governor Whitmer’s coronavirus pandemic orders. They stood inches from one another and masks were scarce. It was the residents and business owners’ way of telling their governor that they did not intend to comply with her attempts to contain the virus. Then, they took their disapproval a step farther.
At this point in time, two groups of the governor’s constituents filed lawsuits against her. They opposed her April 9 “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that lays out residents’ and businesses’ requirements as she attempts to put a brake on the pandemic washing across the state.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys wrote in their lawsuit that she was “violating their constitutional rights:”
‘[R]easonably fear that the draconian encroachments on their freedom set forth in this complaint will, unfortunately, become the ‘new norm.’
Whitmer’s order says that people must remain home unless they are going out for “essential services.” These include buying medical supplies or food and getting physical activity outside. It also prevents people from ping-ponging back and forth between second or vacation homes. They cannot go to work unless they are “necessary for basic operations” or “to sustain or protect life.”
Conversely, businesses that are necessary to “sustain or protect life” can have their employees come to work. Thes include people who work in hospitals, law enforcement, grocery stores, pharmacies, and liquor stores. The ruling is in effect through April 30.
Each of the lawsuits said the goveror’s order prevents people from expressing their constitutional right to associate with others under the First Amendment plus their given “right to due process.”
One of the lawsuits claims that by shutting gun shops people’s Second Amendment right to bear arms is violated.
Whitmer is in a group of several Democratic and Republican governors who have received high approval percentages in polls for how they handled the pandemic.
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